Veronica Buckley was born in New Zealand. Alongside her first studies in languages and philosophy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, she trained as a classical ‘cellist, and worked for some time as an orchestral musician before taking up history scholarships at London and Oxford. While in England, Veronica wrote a series of children’s stories for performance with orchestra, before moving to Paris to devote herself to full-time writing.

Veronica’s historical biographies, Christina, Queen of Sweden and Madame de Maintenon: The Secret Wife of Louis XIV, are complemented by art and travel writing as well as film, stage, and book translations. She is also a regular arts reviewer for Vienna’s Metropole magazine. Her latest book, New Insights, is an original encounter with the great art collections of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. Like Twilight of the Romanovs, an evocative photographic history of the late Russian Empire, it was produced together with Veronica’s husband, historian and writer Philipp Blom.

Veronica has recently completed her first novel, Koru, a fable of the Japanese occupation of New Zealand following the Second World War. Her work has been translated into German, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Swedish and Dutch. She lives in Vienna.